that is nice bonus change
It's become clear in recent years that playing professional football is not good for you. In fact it pretty much kills you. The average NFL player will die before sixty and lose 2-3 years of life for every year in the NFL and has vastly multiplied chance at having dementia. Now we have the first evidence, albiet only anecdotal, that college football does esentially the same thing. A 21-year-old kid named Owen Thomas who played I-AA football at the University of Pennsylvania killed himself last year after what was described as a sudden change in mood and behavior. He had no prior history of depression. An autopsy now shows that he had the early stages of a type of dementia caused by trauma from playing football and which is associated with depression.
There's no way to say that "football killed him" or even contributed to his depression and suicide, but if a 21 year old kid playing second teir college football (who had never had a concussion, by the way) can have brain trauma from football (and as I understand it this is only diagnosed on autopsy, so there is no way to know whether this is the exception or the rule) it suggests to me that football is really not safe at any level past high-school. As fans who fund college football (and most of us pro football as well) what moral responsiblity do we bear in all of this?
I'm pretty sure RR commented before the season started that Gardner's red shirt wasn't going to be burned by Gardner getting a couple of plays/game. At this point though, that's what it's turning out to be. So does RR make a concerted effort the next couple of weeks to get Gardner in the game during the first half? I'd like to think he'll be getting into the game during the 4th quarters in mop up duty.
Robinson's been out of the world so there's been no reason to take him out in the first two games. However, to burn Garnder's redshirt by putting him in for one or two plays is frustrating. Once the big ten season rolls around there might not be to many games where Gardner can get meaningful snaps if Robinson doesn't get dinged and have to come out.
We all know that Denard is very difficult to game plan for. His speed and ability to break one off at any time give our offense a huge advantage. This has been discussed to death. There is, however, another advantage that Denard looks to be able to give us if he continues to perform at this level as we head into Big Ten play - a mental advantage.
This is a commen occurrence in sports - once the hype train gets going (especially on the worldwide leader), the build up to playing against the hyped player becomes so big that opposing players lose focus and over-anticipate. With Denard putting up video game numbers, his mere presence has the potential to get into opposing teams' heads.
If this continues, I can see opposing teams' defenses making stupid mistakes because the hype around Denard's unstopability gets into their heads. Not saying that good coaching cannot mitigate this, but I could see, for example, MSU's defense focusing so much on being the first team to shut down Denard that he will have a host of opportunities to find open receivers when MSU stacks the line on every play.
Wasn't he playing with the 1's @ LB during camp? He's non-existent this year - what's the story with that? Is it Obi?
I know it's only two games into the season, yadda yadda, so please, don't get upset. After Denard set Michigan and Big Ten records in consecutive weeks, I was asking myself the question, what are the NCAA records for rushing yards and total offense by a QB, both for a single game and for a single season? Here is what I could find -- these are for FBS (except the first one):
Rushing yards by a QB, single-game, Division I: 313 yards (Armanti Edwards, App St. vs. Richmond, 12/7/2007) (I can't seem to find the FBS record, but at least we know it's less than 313)
Rushing yards by a QB, season: 1,494 yards (Beau Morgan, Air Force, 1996)
Total offense, single-game: 732 yards (David Klingler, 716 pass 16 rush, Houston vs. Arizona State, 12/2/1990)
Total offense, season yards, per game: 474.6 yards (David Klingler, 1990)
These are the quarterbacks who have rushed for 200 yards and passed for 200 yards in a single game:
- Marques Tuiasosopo, Washington vs. Stamford, 10/30/1999 (207 rushing, 302 passing)
- Reds Bagnell, Penn vs. Dartmouth, 10/14/1950 (214 rushing, 276 passing)
- Steve Gage, Tulsa vs. New Mexico, 11/8/1986 (212 rushing, 209 passing)
- Brian Mitchell, La. Lafayette vs. Colo St., 11/21/1987 (271 rushing, 205 passing)
- Antwaan Randle El, Indiana vs. Minn., 10/21/2000 (210 rushing, 263 passing)
- Brad Smith, Missouri vs. Nebraska, 10/22/2005 (246 rushing, 234 passing)
- Vince Young, Texas vs. Okla. St., 10/29/2005 (267 rushing, 239 passing)
- Patrick White, WVa vs. Pitt, 11/16/2006 (220 rushing, 204 passing)
- Denard Robinson, Mich vs. ND, 9/11/2010 (258 rushing, 244 passing)
As you can see, Denard Robinson is the only player in NCAA history to have both passed and rushed for over 240 yards in a single game (Vince Young and Brad Smith come closest to the mark).
It will be tough for Denard to hit Klingler's total offense records, but the QB rushing mark isn't out of reach. He has 455 rushing yards already, which puts him on pace for 2,730. Obviously he won't hit 2,730, but the single-season record is "only" 1,494.
In other words, Denard has to gain 1,039 yards over the rest of the season -- 103.9 yards per game -- in order to break the NCAA single-season rushing mark for a QB.
If a thread like this exists, I apologize in advance.
First, let me say that I really love the new stadium. When inside the stadium however, I really think they need to add something to the blue facade. It can be as simple as Michigan Stadium written out, or even just yellow Block M's in corners of each structure. The plain blue seems too corporate to me.